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Near-Future Fictions Vol. 01 | Virtual Futures Salon
Tue 7 March 2017, 18:30 – 21:00 GMT
Join Virtual Futures for our brand-new events series ’Near-Future Fictions.’
Throughout 2017, we plan to reassert the significance of science fiction as a tool for navigating the increasing technologization of society and culture. In the words of Frederick Pohl, “A good science fiction story should be able to predict not the automobile but the traffic jam.”
Join us for an evening that incorporates original reading, performance and live art to explore the possible the impact the latest scientific developments might have on our ontology. Together we will question what it means to be human in the 21st Century.
This month’s theme: 'Interrogating The Future.'
Virtual Futures has a long history of hosting a range of renowned fiction authors including Alan Moore (Author of Watchmen, V for Vendetta), Pat Cadigan (Queen of Cyberpunk and the Author of Synners and Fools), Arthur & Marilouise Kroker (Editors of CTHEORY), Hari Kunzru (Author of Transmissions), James Flint (Author of The Book of Ash), Rachel Armstrong (Author of The Gray's Anatomy), Gwyneth Jones (Author of Bold As Love) and O(rphan)d(rift>). We look forward to having you join our distinguished alumni.
Opening Keynote from Dr. Helen Marshall
Helen Marshall is a Lecturer of Creative Writing and Publishing at Anglia Ruskin University and the general director for its Centre for Science Fiction and Fantasy. Her first collection of fiction Hair Side, Flesh Side won the Sydney J Bounds Award in 2013, and Gifts for the One Who Comes After, her second collection, won the World Fantasy Award and the Shirley Jackson Award in 2015. She is currently editing The Year’s Best Weird Fiction to be released in 2017, and her debut novel Everything that is Born will be published by Random House Canada in 2018.
Authors & Contributors
- Christine Aicardi, Senior Research Fellow, Human Brain Project Foresight Lab, King’s College London
- Christopher Butera, Graduate, University of London’s Creative Writing and Publishing MA
- Nicola Fawcett, Clinical Research Fellow, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford
- Jane Norris, Royal College of Art, Design Writer
- Stephen Oram, Science Fiction Author
- Jule Owen, Science Fiction Author & Technology Consultant
- Sitraka Rakotoniaina, Very Very Far Away (VVFA)
- Britta Friederike Schulte, PhD Computer Science, University College London
- Rohit Sharma, MA Visual Culture, London College of Communications
- Vaughan Stanger, Science Fiction Author
- Ian Steadman, Science Fiction Author
- A. Umbra, Unknown
- Jamie Watt, Events Organiser, Ronnie Scotts
(Listed in alphabetical order by last name.)
Hosted by Stephen Oram (Near-Future Fiction Author in Residence at Virtual Futures) & Luke Robert Mason (Director, Virtual Futures)
About the Venue
The Lights of Soho, London’s newest art gallery and member’s lounge, is now open, operating as a cultural hub for Soho’s creative community and the global home of creative neon and light art formats. Find out more: http://lightsofsoho.com
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Virtual Futures (Est.1994) is a Community Interest Company (CIC). Ticket Sales help to cover costs of the event including filming and documentation.